(Real close to Charlotte's southern edge.)
April 14-15, 2023
New Faith Baptist Church
A smaller more "family" feel.
What it's like:
Large group sessions and small group jams all day long. The layout is just like you'd guess with jam camp in the church's dining/fellowship hall downstairs and plenty of breakout spaces in the classrooms down the hall.
* This year, camp is in April when our chances of outdoor pickin are increased. We're having a notion to bring our motorhome which will make for a real nice jam space inside or out under the awning. We'll figure that out in the coming weeks.
* People have been clamoring for two days instead of one so we're happy to announce jam camp is both (Friday and Saturday.)
That's the way bluegrass is supposed to be played.
We'll arrange small groups for you according to skills, interests, instruments, singing to get you the best ensemble experience. Sometimes we’ll mix groups so you can jam with a variety of people.
Large Group Instruction . . .
happens periodically as the occasion calls.
Especially first meeting of camp and typically mornings but other times too. These sessions are for everyone to get on the same page together. There we can set a theme, a principle or topic that we’ll pursue further in our small groups.
Breakout and Topical Sessions
Mixed groups according to topic like:
Finding melody - Faking a solo when you don't know or haven't practiced the melody - Leading a song or following one. Singing and also Harmony singing - Instrument specific breakouts - Pick up notes - Fills - tone, timing and technique - Learning strategies - How to find your key(s) - capos and transposing. Who knows what will come up. We can't always hit everything but some things we always get to work on.
Each day Leigh creates one of her famous and tasty lunch dishes. (Included in your tuition)
Leigh makes real food like your mama - right in the church's kitchen. If you have special diet restrictions please let us know and we'll do our best to take care of you.
Tuition, meals and lodging
Each separate. Leigh will guide you.
Tuition - $270.00
Lunches - $00.00 No charge. Included in your tuition.
aka Dr. Jambo
Gilbert Nelson is your host. He leads jammers to green pastures. A passionate player and teacher of the music. Gilbert can hone in on where you're at and guide you in ways to break out with more knowledge and pathways to improvement. He knows how to bring out the best in you and he leads jam camp by example with inspiration, energy, and insight.
aka General Leigh
Affectionally known as "General Leigh" Leigh is Gilbert's "backup brain" She's part musician, part organizer and problem solver. Leigh knows jamming. She's a master with gentle and knowledgeable instruction making learning fun. Leigh plays Bass Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin and she's learning banjo now. She’ll even sing for you if you’re nice.
We love the Wernick Method
A common sense approach to getting musical fun and success in bluegrass jamming.
You'll be jamming in the first 5 minutes. We use Pete Wernick's time tested methods to get you understanding, how to techniques and plenty of action in a friendly circle of people just like you.
There is no requirement for vaccine or testing. Masks are welcome but not required.
We do expect everyone to use common sense and hygiene. We'll prioritize open windows with plenty of fresh air and space ourselves so as not to crowd together. Each of us is responsible and accountable.